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Objection! You're Fiction

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Season 1, Ep. 9

On this episode of Objection! Your Fiction, Lee and Cooper chat with Rubin, Fiorella & Friedman LLP partner—and 90210 superfan—Michael Tomsky about the potential liability issues in Season 2 Episode 14 “The Next Fifty Years.” The group breaks down the scene of Scott accidentally shooting himself in the stomach to ask the following questions—was this a gun issue or a user issue? Does the “zone of danger” apply to David as a witness? Is there a potential for a suit against the parents? Find out the answers to these and more in our fascinating conversation about a 90s classic. Let us know what you think!

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    On this exciting episode of "Objection! You're Fiction" Lee and Mike sit down to chat with our good friend David Slarskey to take a look behind the curtain at the Mel Brooks masterpiece "The Producers" (1967).This sidesplitting comedy is the oldest film we've looked at so far, and deserves to be remembered as ahead of its (spring)time. David is both a playwright and fellow lawyer who helps us break down the many defrauded investors and arson attempts as bumbling buffoons Bialystock and Bloom break laws and moral codes in search of the elusive greatest flop in Broadway history.You can check out David's latest play "Schmaltz" at the NYC Fringe Festival running April 7th to 21st at the wild project theater, located at 195 E 3rd St in Manhattan.https://www.frigid.nyc/event/6897:605/And if you want to avoid a contract promising 15,000% of profits to your investors, you can contact Bergstein Flynn Knowlton & Pollina at bfklawoffice.com
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    March Madness BFKP style! The official OYF Selection committee discusses the intensive research and sophisticated process of determining seeds for its Best Legal Film and TV bracket. Which #1 seed is overrated? Which films get court right? Will we see any major upsets?And just one more thing... Have you seen the greatest legal film of all time?Download a copy of our bracket here: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1sEcAdg1mT5VQ012clwWomk98w0WSh0ia?usp=sharingSubmit your filled out brackets to: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdE1UzQk65NEdhKLhsqoepBUbKa1C_qgaCTGhyNEId5KIcSAg/viewform?usp=sf_linkEnjoy!
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    On this episode of Objection! Your Fiction, Lee and Cooper chat with Thomas Brennan about liability issues in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971). Like the totally normal businessman he is, Mr. Wonka thought ahead and had the attendees sign a waiver the size of a room before embarking on their tour. But can this unreadable contract signed by children protect Willy and his factory/amusement park/deathtrap? Thomas, Lee, and Cooper ponder Liability in Loompaland and decide which of the children’s cases would be most likely to prevail in court. It’s a fascinating conversation revisiting a childhood classic and we hope you find it as interesting as we did. Let us know what you think!Thomas Brennan is a partner at Vigorito, Barker, Patterson, Nichols & Porter LLP. His practice focuses include construction litigation, medical malpractice, and general liability. He has yet to try a case of accidental blueberrification.
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    On this episode of Objection! You're Fiction, Cooper and Lee chat with intellectual property attorney Andres Munoz about the1988 film Coming to America staring Eddie Murphy. The conversation focuses on the trademark issues posed by "McDowell’s" the obvious McDonald’s knockoff that Murphy's character works at in the film. Andres addresses the strengths and weaknesses of McDonald’s hypothetical trademark infringement suit, the likelihood of McDonald's obtaining a TRO, and how the registration of a mark would impact the trademark analysis. It's another fun conversation that we hope you enjoy!Andres Munoz is a partner at Romano Law. Andres helps businesses navigate complex business disputes, especially those involving infringement and enforcement of company brands. He advises, litigates, and arbitrates primarily for media, blockchain, and financial services clients.Produced by Bergstein Flynn Knowlton & Pollina, "Objection! You're Fiction" provides an engaging and offbeat exploration of the legal quandaries facing our favorite characters in television and movies. Every episode invites listeners into the proverbial podcast chambers as our hosts, debate, discuss, and dissect the legal intricacies woven into these fictional narratives.